Originally Posted by SixtyNorth
The transom needs supporting when using a trailer with the outboard fixed in place. The general consensus here seems to be to have the bunks support the boat at the point the floor meets the tubes, if you only have one set of bunks. Then a 3rd bunk under the keel and a transom saver of some kind to take the weight during transport and reduce the flexing/movement.
That's what I thought, the damage to the transom in my opinion was caused by the stress the motor caused when trailering.
If you look at the left side of the transom you can see how it is bent, that is where it is cracking. The company that is repairing the boat is building a whole new transom.
The solution the previous owner used was a pair of reinforcement bars on the inside of the boat. I believe he did that after the transom began to sag and then crack.
Great info gentlemen, thank you very much. I still have a week or so before my boat comes back from the repair shop and I will be adding more support to the trailer because I don't want to repair it twice.